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Help, PC people!

I am connecting via my Wii, which is SAD and HORRID to type on.
Anyhow, I reinstalled Windows and now can't get a connection on my PC. I had this problem at the start of Dec. 2007 if you check my lj archives, but can't remember just what I installed/did to fix things. :( Any suggestions?
(It's a cablemodem into a wired router, into my PC. The 360, Wii, etc. go off a wireless port plugged into said router, but the PC is wired.)

Edit: So frustrated I could bawl. I think I may need another protocol or something? Or does the router use Tcp/ip? My network hardware shows as 1394 net adapter if that helps.
Typing my router address into Internet Explorer just says it can't connect to the page without a net connection. I know now it's the right address, since I can connect via Wii.


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Mar. 25th, 2009 09:53 am (UTC)
If you can connect via Wii, it's not your router or cablemodem, so it's your PC. From what it sounds like, it hasn't picked up your network card, if it's only showing you a Firewire connection (that's the 1394 adapter, that's a completely different plug).

I'm betting if you right-click on "Computer", then click on "Properties", then click on "Device Manager", there's probably a device showing up as unknown (big yellow question mark), which is really your network card. You probably need to download and install your network drivers. How you do this will depend on who you got the computer through. If you're lucky, the correct driver might be on one of the install disks that came with the computer, if you still have those lying around...
Mar. 25th, 2009 11:10 am (UTC)

It's also possible that you just managed to unseat the thing, too. We have this problem often.

Try removing the network card from its current slot and putting it in a different one. Reboot. XP SHOULD notice it and install the proper drivers.

If it doesn't, let me know what network card you have, and I can fetch the correct drivers, burn them to disc, and send them off.
Mar. 25th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
XP, right off the disk, doesn't *have* drivers for most modern (last ~3 yrs) network hardware. It's a crying shame.

(And don't get me started on the base XP disk not speaking SATA RAID. It's enough to make me consider Vista.)

But yeah, you've got the problem nailed perfectly, and Our Host really just needs someone with a PC and a USB stick in the same place.
Mar. 25th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)

It doesn't have ethernet drivers for anything newer than it is (and not for everything available even at release).

XP also lacks SATA RAID drivers since it also didn't exist six years ago. I have Dell OEM XP install disks from recent purchases that do have the aahci drivers on them by default, but even those lack ethernet drivers for the Intel and Broadcom GBICs that Dell ship, which is really annoying...if you're going to modify the base install to cover your built in ICH[8|9]R chipsets, then put the damn ethernet drivers in there too.
Mar. 25th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
I thought the w/SP2 disks had some newer stuff. Oh, well, point stands: XP disks lack drivers and cannot be trusted. This is why you never wipe your online machine unless you're sure you've got all the network drivers on hand first.
Mar. 25th, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
You need to install the driver for your ethernet chip/card (depending on whether it's built on to the motherboard (chip) or and add in card...there's no real difference except whether you use the CD that came with the motherboard or the one that came with the expansion card).
Mar. 25th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
The other three have got it. If you right-click on My Computer, choose "Properties", choose the Hardware tab, and then click Device Manager, a window will pop up showing all the installed devices in your machine.

You have, guaranteed, at least one "Unknown Device" in there, showing in yellow and highlighted when you open the manager. It's probably even going to identify it as an ethernet card. But yeah. You need the drivers for that. once you have that, you'll get a "Local Area Network" connection in Control Panel -> Network Connections, and you'll be able to get online to get any other drivers you need.

If you were local, I'd drive over with my laptop and hook you up. But you're not, so I won't.
Mar. 25th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
Is it a custom-built PC or a prebuilt (Dell, HP, etc) ?

More to the point, do you have any driver disks of any kind that came with it?

The responses above are correct. It's seeing a "1394 adapter" which is probably a firewire port but no Ethernet card. XP doesn't have jack for drivers beyond generic models. Especially if your Ethernet port is on your motherboard rather than a standalone card.

Some cable modems can connect directly to the PC using a USB cable, you might look at your modem to see if this is an option. Would let you download the drivers.
Mar. 25th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
Looks like you have plenty of help on the pc.

Just a side note, it you have a keyboard that connects with USB you can connect it to your wii. It will make typing much easier.
Mar. 25th, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, no, I don't have a USB keyboard. (Will any such keyboard work with the Wii though? If so, I might keep an eye out for a cheap USB keyboard for use with the Wii then, instead of the expensive Wii-specific one they have, that I'm just like "um... no.")
Mar. 26th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
Yes, any usb keyboard will work. It is nice to have a cordless one so you don't have to run over to the console to type a message.
Mar. 25th, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
Er, not that the keyboard issue matters greatly right now, since I have PC connectivity back. But just, y'know, to clarify.
Mar. 26th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
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